palisade

noun
pal·​i·​sade | \ ˌpa-lə-ˈsād How to pronounce palisade (audio) \

Definition of palisade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a fence of stakes especially for defense
b : a long strong stake pointed at the top and set close with others as a defense
2 : a line of bold cliffs

palisade

verb
palisaded; palisading

Definition of palisade (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to fortify with palisades

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Noun

Palisade derives via French from the Latin noun palus, meaning "stake." The word originally applied to one of a series of stakes set in a row to form an enclosure or fortification. "The Palisades" is also the name given to the line of traprock cliffs that stretches for about 15 miles along the western bank of the Hudson River in southeastern New York and northern New Jersey. Purportedly, these cliffs got their name from the resemblance of the tall rocks to rows of stakes or trees, although who exactly came up with the name is a matter of dispute. Before long "palisade" came to refer to any similar formation of tall cliffs.

Examples of palisade in a Sentence

Noun the palisades that line the west bank of the Hudson River for about 15 miles
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Somewhere, out there, beyond the immediate palisade, the fighting continues. Alan Cowell, BostonGlobe.com, "Behind the lines of Britain’s COVID war," 2 Mar. 2021 Somewhere, out there, beyond the immediate palisade, the fighting continues. Alan Cowell, BostonGlobe.com, "Behind the lines of Britain’s COVID war," 2 Mar. 2021 Somewhere, out there, beyond the immediate palisade, the fighting continues. Alan Cowell, BostonGlobe.com, "Behind the lines of Britain’s COVID war," 2 Mar. 2021 The wood used to build its palisade had reportedly left telltale stains. Julia Musto, Fox News, "Archaeologists uncover first Maryland colonial site after decades-long search," 24 Mar. 2021 Somewhere, out there, beyond the immediate palisade, the fighting continues. Alan Cowell, BostonGlobe.com, "Behind the lines of Britain’s COVID war," 2 Mar. 2021 Somewhere, out there, beyond the immediate palisade, the fighting continues. Alan Cowell, BostonGlobe.com, "Behind the lines of Britain’s COVID war," 2 Mar. 2021 Somewhere, out there, beyond the immediate palisade, the fighting continues. New York Times, "Behind the Lines of Britain’s Covid War," 1 Mar. 2021 The presence of the palisade, which brings up the ghosts of violent conflict, adds to the story of this hard life. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Recently discovered trove of artifacts ‘changing the narrative of Connecticut history’," 16 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of palisade

Noun

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1632, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for palisade

Noun

French palissade, ultimately from Latin palus stake — more at pole

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“Palisade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/palisade. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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palisade

noun

English Language Learners Definition of palisade

: a high fence made of pointed stakes that was used in the past to protect a building or area
US : a line of steep cliffs especially along a river or ocean

palisade

noun
pal·​i·​sade | \ ˌpa-lə-ˈsād How to pronounce palisade (audio) \

Kids Definition of palisade

1 : a fence made of poles to protect against attack
2 : a line of steep cliffs

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